Saturday, March 24, 2018

My Corkboard Schoolteacher Quilt

I'm naming this quilt my "Corkboard Schoolteacher Quilt" for one simple reason.  Several years ago I went to a yard sale and bought this huge box of fabric.  It was well over 20 yds.  The lady who was putting on the yard sale told me she was a school teacher and she used this fabric as a backing on her corkboard in her class room.   Every time a new event would happen or a season change or holiday would come along she would rush off to the fabric store and buy a new background.  She was now selling the fabric because she was retiring from teaching to spend more time with her family and children.

I just wanted to give you a little background of the fabric and why I named the quilt what I did.  She was such a sweet lady.

Anyways..... I started this quilt (which I really should call it a throw for the living room sofa.) on December 26 and just finished it yesterday morning before work.

This is just a little pictorial from start to finish!

It was all sewn and created under the watchful eye of our little "Loki".

Until next time....Happy Sewing!  Seam Ripper Joe

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Disappearing Four Patch Quilt

It's moving along slowly, but I did finish off 3 more panels.

I've been browsing the blogosphere and love looking at some of the creations people come up with for quilts.  So many very talented individuals, young and old.  It always makes me feel good to be associated even in a very small way and constantly learning from such a wonderful group (Including all of the garment makers who have taught me so much).

Until next time....Happy Sewing!  Seam Ripper Joe

Thursday, December 28, 2017

My Disappearing Four Patch Quilt and other Stuff!

It's been almost a year since my last post, time has just flown by.  I've been busy with so many different projects.

The latest one I have started on is going to be a king size quilt.  The pattern came from Jenny at the "Missouri Star Quilt Co."   It's called the "Disappearing Four Patch.  I modified it a little for the pattern I wanted but the initial construction of the basic block is the same.

This is the basic block.

I'll probably be working on this for at least the next month or so.  Maybe a little longer.  On this project I'm using my hand crank Brother Prestige machine.  I've been using my electric machines and serger so much it nice to get back to the basics again.  I'll keep you posted on how the progress comes along. more thing.  If you ever have the chance to go to Iceland you have to take it.  We just got back and it was the best trip.  Beauty beyond belief.  Here's just a few picks.

Seljalandfoss  Falls.

Shop by the falls that had awesome hand knit Icelandic Sweaters.

Absolutely beautiful mountain ranges.

Black Sand Beach at Vik.

Icelandic Horses everywhere that would come running up to you so you could pet them.

It's hard to pick out a hand full of pictures when you've taken literally hundreds of them.  Let me just say if you get the chance take it, the people are wonderful the landscape is absolutely beautiful.  It will definitely be a trip you'll remember for years to come.  We've decided to go back in the fall.

Until next time....Happy Sewing!  Seam Ripper Joe

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Singer ~ 1917 ~ Model 127 Treadle

Great news, finally after searching for years for a treadle, I ran into the perfect one for me at a local estate sale.

And this is it!

This is it after I spent a day just cleaning it up a little and putting on the belt.

It's amazing what just a little oiling and a little polish can do.  I threaded it up and the stitches came out perfect the first run.  I was really fortunate to run into a machine with all the bits and pieces and even the manual.  "All original" this machine was really taken care of well.

Just so you know, you still can find good deals on treadle's.  I was able to pick this one up for $70.00.  I was thrilled when I looked at the tag.

I see a new quilt being made in the near future.

Until next time...Happy Sewing!  Seam Ripper Joe